Ok, I have to be honest with you, when I first started this semester in WLP I felt very out of place. I am one of only two students here on WLP who are not working an internship that is political or has something to do with the federal government and at first I wasn’t sure how that would play out over the course of the next few months. I felt a little overwhelmed after the first couple of classes by the knowledge and passion of the other students about the inner-workings of the government, something I have never taken too much of an interest in. However, I started to take advantage of the opportunity in front of me. When do you learn best? When you are in an environment that you are never completely complacent or comfortable.
For example, in my Wednesday night class I get to learn about health policy from former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tevi Troy, how awesome is that? I have honestly learned more from the two classes I am taking now than many classes I have taken at IU. The hands-on learning experiences that WLP offers, especially for someone who was generally disinterested in government, is such a great way to learn something completely new. I now found myself watching and analyzing political debates in the way that I watch and analyze sports. That’s something that I will definitely take from WLP when I return to Bloomington. I came here having no idea what I would learn, and have gotten out of it so much more than I could’ve imagined.